AIM Conference 2018: Italy that works
di Nicol Degli Innocenti
4' di lettura
LONDON - The City is about to meet the part of Italy that works: the first conference entirely devoted to companies that are listed on Aim Italia, the market of the Italian Stock Exchange reserved for small and medium enterprises (Smes), starts in London today.
The event places 25 companies in the spotlight, which operate in different sectors, from traditional to high-tech, from artificial intelligence to the marketing of fruit and vegetable products, to reflect the great variety and excellence of Italian Smes.
The goal of the London conference is to attract international investors, deflecting their attention from the uncertainties of current Italian politics with their negative impact on markets to focus instead on the concrete strategies and growth objectives of some of Italy's most dynamic companies.
“The first conference in London entirely devoted to Aim Italia highlights how far the market has grown and attracted the interest of entrepreneurs and international investors, - said Barbara Lunghi, head of Primary Markets at Borsa Italiana. – We started work on strengthening the Aim ecosystem a long time ago, when it was not an obvious thing to do, and the success of the London event at a difficult time rewards our efforts. Our ability to support our Smes is an important factor in our country's economic growth and today's event is another step in that direction.
The 113 companies listed on Aim, 27 of which joined this year, have an average 27% free float. Their combined market cap is 7.7 billion euros. Since 2001, when Aim started, they have raised 3.7 billion euros. This year so far they have raised 1.3 million euros.
The 25 Smes on show in London from today are active in eight different sectors and they have a total market cap of 1.8 billion euros. Here is a list of the 25 to give an idea of who they are, what they do and how much they are worth.
Alkemy, which has a market cap of €62.7m, supports mid-sized to large Italian and international organisations in the digital transformation of their business model.
Biodue, which has a market cap of €60.7m, develops, manufactures and distributes medical devices, cosmetics and dietary supplements.
Bomi Italia, which has a market cap of €47.7m, develops high-tech products for health protection.
Capita for Progress/Abk, which has a market cap of €62.2m, is a leading floor and wall tile manufacturer based in Emilia.
Cft, which has a market cap of €130,6m, develops and produces turnkey machines and installations for the food and beverage sector
Costamp Group, which has a market cap of €145.3m, in the foundry engineering sector, manufactures precision components for the automotive industry.
Dba Group, which has a market cap of €40,4m, provides engineering, project and construction management services and develops web based applications.
Digital360, which has a market cap of €21.5m, is a multichannel platform offering companies digital transformation and entrepreneurial innovation.
DigiTouch, which has a market cap of €19.2m, specialised in digital marketing and mar-tech, technologies which support sales.
Energica Motor Company, which has a market cap of €60,3m, makes, sells, distributes and services electric motorbikes.
Expert System, which has a market cap of €44.1m, creates artificial intelligence, cognitive computing and semantic technology software.
Health Italia, which has a market cap of €76.2m, provides health care management services, training and consultancy services.
Icf Group, which has a market cap of €64,3m, designs, produces and sells high-tech adhesives and textiles for the footwear, automotive and packaging sectors.
Intred, which has a market cap of €44.7m, offers telecommunication services through broadband, land lines, cloud and wireless.
Italian Wine Brands, which has a market cap of €96.4m, produces wine in the Barolo and Primitivo di Manduria regions and sells them wholesale and directly.
Longino & Cardenal, which has a market cap of €30.7m, is a supplier of rare foods and high quality catering for hotels and restaurants in Italy and abroad.
MailUp, which has a market cap of €34.7m, provides an email delivery platform and e-commerce marketing solutions for businesses.
Monnalisa, which has a market cap of €69m, operates in the high-end, innovative children's wear segment.
Notorious Picture, which has a market cap of €60.5m, operates in the acquisition of film rights and the distribution and commercialisation of movies.
Orsero Group, which has a market cap of €133.1, imports and distributes fruit and vegetable products from Europe, Costa Rica, Colombia and Mexico.
Pharmanutra, which has a market cap of €150m, researches, develops and markets nutraceutical products and medical devices in Europe, Asia, America and Asia.
Somec, which has a market cap of €118m, manufactures special glass for cruise ships and architectural projects.
Tps, which has a market cap of €24.6m, provides integrated logistics support for the aeronautical market, with a special focus on helicopter services.
Vimi Fasteners, which has a market cap of €42.6m, produces fastening services for various industrial applications, from automotive to aerospace.
Wiit, which has a market cap of €116,2m, operates in the cloud computing market, operating proprietary data centres in the cloud